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Understanding Esophageal Cancer: The Hidden Risk Behind GERD

Awareness and Action Can Change Outcomes

What is Esophageal Cancer?

Esophageal cancer is cancer that develops in the esophagus – a hollow, muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. The esophagus in an adult is usually between 10 and 13 inches (25 to 33 cm) long and is about ¾ of an inch (2 cm) across at its smallest point. Esophageal cancer can start anywhere along the esophagus and generally starts in the inner layer of the esophagus wall and grows outward through the other layers.1

GERD: A Risk Factor

Long-term GERD can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that increases the likelihood of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma. As such, understanding and managing GERD is not just about alleviating discomfort—it’s a critical step in cancer prevention​​.2

If you have been experiencing chronic GERD, learn more about the TIF 2.0 procedure.

Find out about other risk factors for esophageal cancer by visiting the American Cancer Society’s website.

Prevalence of Esophageal Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates:

  • Approximately 22,370 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2024.
  • Around 16,130 people in the United States will die from esophageal cancer in the United States in 2024.

Esophageal cancer makes up about 1% of all cancers diagnosed in the US, but is more common in other part of the world, such as Iran, northern China, India and southern Africa. In addition, esophageal cancer is more common in people over 55 and also more common in men than women.3

These statistics underscore the need for awareness and early detection.

If you have a history of GERD, find a TIF-trained physician in your area to discuss an evaluation.

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Take Action for Your Health

Discuss GERD Symptoms with your doctor to help prevent esophageal cancer
  • Consult: Speak with a healthcare provider if you have persistent GERD symptoms.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Implement recommended lifestyle adjustments to manage acid reflux effectively.
  • Regular Screenings: Engage in regular screenings if you have Barrett’s esophagus or chronic GERD, as early detection significantly impacts treatment success.

Your Health in Your Hands

Take control of your GERD to reduce your risk of developing esophageal cancer

Understanding the connection between GERD and esophageal cancer is key to prevention. By managing digestive health and seeking timely medical advice, you can significantly reduce your risk. If you are experiencing symptoms or have a history of GERD, proactive steps towards evaluation and management are essential.


Additional Resources

For additional information and support, visit the following resources:

Find a TIF-trained physician near you.


“My TIF procedure was almost two and a half years ago. I take no medicine for reflux, eat a wide variety of foods, and don’t reflux while exercising. I am not constantly drinking or brushing my teeth. The pain, anxious feelings, and discomfort are gone. Not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate my TIF procedure and the improvement it has brought to my life.”

—Sheldon H.